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Canon IXUS 1100 HS review

Audley Jarvis




Our Score:


User Score:


  • Big zoom, compact size
  • Good image quality
  • Solid low-light performance


  • Touch-screen control is slow and fiddly
  • Lacks semi/fully manual control
  • Lacks a finger grip

Key Features

  • 12.1-megapixels
  • 12x optical zoom
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1080p Full HD movie recording @ 24fps
  • 3.2in PureColour II touch-screen LCD
  • Manufacturer: Canon
  • Review Price: £329.80

The Canon IXUS 1100 HS is an all-new touch-screen compact that takes over as the flagship model in Canon’s style-driven IXUS range. As such it supersedes the highly-rated Canon IXUS 1000 HS that was launched around this time last year, and which earned itself a TrustedReviews ‘Recommended’ award.

The new model looks to improve on all of the IXUS 1000 HS’s primary specs, with incremental increases in overall resolution, telephoto reach and LCD screen size. In addition, it also sheds most of its physical buttons to offer almost complete touch-screen control. All this, and yet Canon is still able to claim that the IXUS 1100 HS is the “world’s slimmest camera with a 12x optical zoom”.

And it’s not just the headline specs that have changed, either. Keeping pace with the latest trends, the 1100 HS also features a range of digital effects filters, along with a new Movie Digest shooting mode that automatically records snippets of video every time you take a photo, blending all of the snippets into a single video at the end of every day.

In addition, the 1100 HS also has a new Intelligent IS (Image Stabilisation) system whereby the camera is able to analyse the scene before selecting the most appropriate type of stabilisation from seven options, including ones specifically designed for use while recording movies.

As with its predecessor, the 1100 HS sticks with the same tried and tested HS (High Sensitivity) system that combines a backside illuminated CMOS sensor with Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor to minimise noise in low-light, high-sensitivity situations.

Given all the changes and upgrades the IXUS 1100 HS looks like quite an impressive camera on paper. But how does it handle in real life? Let’s take a closer look and find out…


October 17, 2011, 5:27 pm

I'd have to disagree; touchscreen control on cameras remains a rubbish idea in principle as well as in practice. Cameras are not smartphones and require a completely different set of inputs and controls. The only actual benefit of replacing all the buttons with a touchscreen is the slight increase in speed size. As far as I'm concerned this is another case of manufacturers trying to cram in new features to give a neat-sounding USP rather than focusing on image quality and ease of use. Along with the resumption of the megapixel war this is quite bad news for people who like taking photos rather than comparing spec sheets.


November 15, 2011, 9:01 pm

I really like the size of this camera and since it takes good quality pictures, I'm considering to buy it. BUT... I've read that this camera makes a constant ticking noise while recording video. Can you guys confirm that?


February 2, 2012, 12:35 am

Yes it does make ticking noise and the worst part is that when you zoom you get the sound cut out.canon said that is the limitation on the camera.
this is what you get when you pay £300 for a canon camera.


February 2, 2012, 12:39 am

I really wonder who are the people who review these cameras.do you check the video and zoom?do you check the sound play back?
i raised similar issues with the canon ixus 220 hs which also you highly acclaimed.
i start thinking that you are being bias at trustedreviews as i really don't understand how a camera can cut out conversations when you are filming and zooming and being this expensive and yet you give it 8/10 and other cameras that perform better you give them 6/10?


February 2, 2012, 12:40 am

Sorry canon but a big step up in quality control of your compact cameras is urgently needed.

Gaurav Pathak

May 17, 2012, 3:50 am

Touchscreen is big minus for some. However, for me the response was pretty good. It takes a day or two to get used to. The large display sans buttons is awesome. Pictures are crisp and natural, shutter is fast, features are awesome, zoom is plenty. There is sound of motor in video yes. But considering the latest price cut(av. for 180 pounds in India), you can't ask for more. A must buy.

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